Malaysia: Sarawak BN expected to retain 80% of its incumbents in GE14 – 22 Jun 2017

  • Sarawak Barisan Nasional is expected to retain about 80% of its incumbents, while introducing young and new faces for the next general election. Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said several aspiring candidates have written to Barisan to express their intentions to contest.
  • However, he added that none of the incumbent MPs have officially expressed their desire to step down, though it is understood that some of the elected representatives will quit due to health reasons.
  • Dr Rundi also said that the state Barisan has made preparations for the general election, adding that its war room is already operational. On the choice of candidates, he said Barisan will make its decision based on the report card and performance of individuals, as well as reports from the ground and various government agencies, to find the most “winnable” candidates.
  • Sarawak Barisan currently holds 25 out of 31 parliamentary seats. Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg had said previously that the state Barisan is confident of winning more than 25 seats in the next general election.

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